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Hartley 6 v 0 Colliers Wood

Post by KOB - 20-03-2016, 10:28

The boys put in a great shift, and while it was impossible to give MOTM to anyone but 4 goal Sam Argent, there were a lot of very good performances. Ian and Joe in the centre both had excellent games. The only couple of sour notes of an otherwise very good afternoon were the injuries to Shane and Andre.

This was a confident team performance with a lot of very good football played, perhaps partly because the drier, harder pitches suit our passing game more - it was certainly good to watch. From when Steve Noakes rolled the ball into the net for our early opener we were very much in control. Difficult to say how much of our dominance was due to our play or Colliers Wood being a little off the pace. They're a good side, we know that from our two previous encounters this season, but we put them to the sword in that blistering first half that saw Sam hit a quick fire hat-trick - his second a superb strike from the edge of the box, across the keeper and into the corner, almost a carbon-copy of his goal at Eastbourne in the cup.

Apart from our good movement and passing, it was great to see the way we kept the tempo and pressure up, encouraged by the players themselves and those of us on the sidelines who hadn't made the trip to Liphook to watch the A team in their cup semi, which they were so unlucky to lose on penalties after taking a 1-0 lead.

We understandably dropped off a little at the start of the second half, and then Shane seemed to twist something and went down, which could be a big blow for us with the Ashford game coming up. Fortunately we have not one but two very good centre-backs to call on in Liam and Julian Sills, but Shane has been outstanding at the back. After Sam bagged his fourth of the afternoon, you could sense the fight seeping from the visitors and we found the higher gear again. Aaron Parfitt came on for the excellent Jonah and it was Aaron who received the ball just inside the box, took a touch and 'passed' it into the near corner for a very neat finish to complete the scoring.

Andre Williams picked up a bit of a knock in the first half but seemed ok until he went down from another challenge in the second half and was replaced by Zac Horkan. Zac has been unlucky not to have had too much opportunity for game time for the first team - though none of us will easily forget his winner at Merthyr - but he came on and slotted in well. We need to encourage players like Zac and Louie, Nat and others in the Ressies because they are the future. We have a strong, experienced first team squad and the younger lads will need to be patient, but their time will come.

All in all an excellent performance to take us into the next two very tough games away to an in-form Guildford and then at second place Ashford Town who beat Camberley 1-0 yesterday, so we know we'll be in a game there, but then we already knew that!

Well done boys, froze me whatsits off but it was worth it - great performance.
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